Local level SAEC policies/data (Kirkland Town Police Department)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the police department of Kirkland, NY.

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:

• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies

• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits

• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

If there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Chief of Police - Dan English

Vanessa,

Sorry for the delay I was out of the office on vacation. We are a small department. I will have to say at present
when cases of this nature come in for evidence collection regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits").
We have not had any of these type kits handled by my department. I do not anticipate this changing as our department is a small road patrol of one Officer on duty at a time.
Out town is not looking to expand our function.

The Kirkland Police department operational un written policy has been when these type cases come in they are handled by the larger police agencies such as Oneida County Sheriff or New York State Police
who have Investigators and larger agency abilities. This department is a small road patrol unit with no Investigator staff. Further there are no the hospitals in our area so the
hospital would call the Oneida County 911 Center and the call would then be screened. When it was determined that one of these type calls needs to be handled that would require these type kits
and larger ID unit and Investigators the call would be given to the Sheriff and/or NY State Police.

If you have any further questions contact me 315-853-5627

Chief Dan English

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